Paying tribute to the greatest batsmen to have ever played the second most celebrated sports in the world, in this article we’ll be taking a look at the top 5 best batsmen in the world.
1. Donald Bradman (Australia)
Don Bradman was the biggest star of the game during the 20th century. He played international cricket from 1928-1948. He was ahead of his time, played spectacular shots, and was very consistent. The legend made his Test debut on 30th November 1928 against England and made his retirement on 18th August 1948 against the same side. After playing 52 Test matches, Bradman scored 6,996 runs with an unbeatable average of 99.94. He just fell short of four from getting to an average of 100. His top score of 334 runs in 160 balls marked as the highest average by any batsman in the world to date, which makes him the best batsman in the world.
Don Bradman is, hands down, the greatest batsman in the world, the history of cricket has witnessed.
2. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
Sachin Tendulkar is deemed as “The God of Cricket”. He started playing at a very young age of 16, making a debut against Pakistan and went on to build a promising career that lasted more than two decades. He has amassed the most runs by any player, scoring a total of 34,377 runs, in international cricket. Winning the World Cup for his team was his prime ambition and this dream of his finally turned into reality in the 2011 World Cup. He played a major role in helping the Indian cricket team lift the cup in the 2011 WC tournament, becoming the second-highest run-getter in the tournament (482 runs).
Sachin’s 24-year long career has teemed with unbeaten records. The most prominent of them being his hundred international centuries, becoming the only player to get to this feat. He is the first player to cross the benchmark of 10,000 runs in ODI. The “Master Blaster” has played 200 Test matches, piling 15,921 runs and 463 ODIs, piling 18,426 runs. He has played the most number of matches in both the formats and has scored the highest runs in them, respectively. He is, indisputably, among the greatest batsmen in the world.
3. Viv Richards (West Indies)
Sir Vivian Richards is one of the classiest batsmen to have ever played in the history of cricket. Sir Richard’s consistency and phenomenal batting made him one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Century. He started playing international cricket at the age of 19. He played successfully for 17 years for his national side and established himself as a star player for the team. Not only he an explosive batsman but was a handy bowler too. The right-handed batsman’s aggressive batting made him a fearsome player for the bowlers.
Viv Richards has played a total of 121 Test matches, compiling 8,540 runs at an average of 50.23. A specialist Test player, he is known for being the first batsman to smash a century in Test cricket, at a stunning strike rate of 150, back in 1986. Richards played one of the most historic innings of his career in 1984, in the ODI face-off against England. He knocked an unbeaten 189*, a monumental score by a player during that time. Such a dazzling career proves that he is one of the best batsmen in the world.
4. Brian Lara (West Indies)
Brian Charles Lara, famously known as Brian Lara, was born on 2nd May 1969 in the city of Sant Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago. This 5ft 8in tall Windies left-arm batsman is the 2nd highest runs scorer in world cricket after Sachin Tendulkar. After playing 131 Test matches and scoring 11,953 runs with an average of 52.88 and 299 ODIs with a score of 10,405, he is the second-highest runs scorer in world cricket at the moment. His batting record of 400 not out in Test cricket against England in St John’s Antigua, he stands the highest runs scorer in Test cricket in an innings. He allowed West Indies to continue the legacy of being one of the most dominating teams in the world by his talent.
Brian Lara made his Test debut against Pakistan on 6th December 1990. He played his last match against England on 21st April 2007. In 2013, Lara was awarded the Honorary Life Membership of the MCC.
5. Ricky Ponting (Australia)
Ricky Ponting is believed to be the best and the most successful captain for Australia of all time. Along with his leadership quality, he is one of the finest and the best batsman in the world. Punter (shortly known as), was born on 19th December 1974 in Tasmania, Australia. This right-hand batsman played for Australia from 1995 to 2012. Making his Test debut on 8th December 1995 against Sri Lanka, he made 13,378 runs in 168 matches with an average of 51.85. He played his last Test against India on 3rd December 2012 against South Africa. Under his captaincy, Australia won the cricket World Cup twice consecutively in 2003 and 2007. He was a major contributor to Australia’s domination of international cricket during the 2000s.
His top score of 257 runs in test cricket makes him one of the legends of all time in the legacy of cricket and one of the best batsmen in the world.